People gathered on the streets of downtown Snoqualmie on May 30 to join in international protests against police violence in the U.S.
The peaceful protest in Snoqualmie was organized by Heidi Stauber, who said she decided to organize one after seeing many videos of black people being killed by police. Stauber said people of color have been speaking out against police violence for decades, but little has changed.
“In my opinion, it’s white people’s turn to start speaking out,” she said on Saturday.
Cars honked and people waved at the protesters who held signs reading “end police brutality,” “white people speak out” and “stand against racism.” Stauber said the response from the community had been overwhelmingly positive. A Facebook post Stauber made on the afternoon of May 30 had more than 500 likes.
“Thanks to everyone who showed up today to protest against racism and police brutality,” the post said. “At least 23 people stood in pouring rain in downtown Snoqualmie to use their voices to speak out for change.”
Protests have been occurring since the week of Memorial Day. On Memorial Day, a police officer in Minneapolis held his knee on the neck of George Floyd — a black man — until Floyd died. Protests have mobilized in cities across the country and around the world as millions have taken to the streets to voice opposition to the killing and police violence.